Cory Booker jumps into 2020 White House race

Sen. Cory Booker speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington Thursday Jan. 24 2019

The charismatic Cory Booker joins what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field seeking to take on President Donald Trump next year.

"Together, we will channel our common pain back into our common goal", Booker said at the end of the video announcement.

In the video Senator Booker, who is 49, notes he is "the only Senator who goes home to a low-income, inner-city community". "Together, we will channel our common pain back into our common objective", Booker declared as he announced his entry into the Democratic presidential nomination race. They added that Booker also opposed the use of super PACs to help his campaign or those of his rivals.

"The senator said that he felt an "'I am Spartacus' moment" after he was told to leave one of the Kavanaugh hearings for disruption and his colleague, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), stood up and said he'd have to also leave if Booker left. "So, I'm running to restore our sense of common goal, to focus on the common pain that we have all over this country".

In his announcement video, Booker talked of his upbringing in New Jersey, one that he noted distinguishes him from the rest of the Senate - as well as his competitors in the presidential race. "I'm Cory Booker and I'm running for president of the United States of America".

Born in the nation's capital but raised in New Jersey, Booker made a name for himself as Newark mayor by personally shoveling the snow of residents.

If Booker is downplaying his enthusiasm for school choice, it's obvious why: To capture the Democratic nomination, he thinks he'll need to shed his image as a third-way Democrat and court the left.

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His campaign manager is expected to be Addisu Demissie, a veteran of Booker's 2013 Senate race, who most recently ran Gavin Newsom's successful bid for California governor.

In addition to questions over style there are, perhaps more seriously, others over substance, specifically Mr Booker's ties to Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry.

"Together America, we will rise", he says, reprising a line he deployed successfully at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to raucous cheers.

In the Senate, Booker has at times favored a pragmatic approach, teaming up with like-minded Republicans on issues like criminal justice.

And as a surrogate for the 2012 Obama campaign, Booker admonished Democratic criticism of GOP nominee Mitt Romney's business career, saying: "Stop attacking private equity".

While he has been overshadowed nationally in recent weeks as Democrats including Sens. But in a field where there is no clear front-runner, he brings a raw political talent that some Democrats believe could set him apart and make him a powerful contender. Most politicians, he said, would have delivered an "angry, fiery" speech.

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